There is one chapter in the Bible that I dearly love, well, I do love God's word from beginning to the end but you know what I mean, there is just this special place that means so much to me and I nicknamed it 'Peter's ladder', it seemed to me to be the way to eternal life, climbing this ladder, so let me share it with you, please.
2 Peter 1:1,2 "Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord."
How do we get this peace? Through Christ's righteousness and it will be multiplied unto us through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. How do we get that knowledge, through studying His word as we have been learning.
Verse 3, "According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath call us to glory and virtue:"
His divine power has given us everything that pertains to life and godliness, how? Through the knowledge of Him who has called us to glory and virtue. Where do we get this knowledge? Through the reading of His word. Stick with me, we are coming to Peter's ladder. Remember I promised we would talk about His promises. Well, listen to this.
Verse 4, Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust."
We have been given, EXCEEDING GREAT AND PRECIOUS PROMISES that we might be PARTAKERS of His DIVINE NATURE and thus escaping the corruption that is in the world. How do we receive HIS DIVINE NATURE? Through His promises. Ok, here's the ladder to heaven, I believe. It covers everything and I'll try to explain it in our words, if I may.
Verses 5,6,7, "And beside this, giving all diligence, (diligence meaning: making an all out effort), add to your faith virtue, (virtue meaning: goodness, righteousness, morality, honor and nobility); and to virtue knowledge, (we know how to get knowledge through God's word), and to knowledge temperance ( meaning abstinence, self-restraint, moderation especially in eating and drinking), and to temperance patience, (forbearance, tolerance, persistent courage in trying circumstances), and to patience godliness, (godlikeness, devout, humble etc), and to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness, charity, (meaning love)
Verse 8, "For if these things be in you and abound, they make you that ye shall never be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ."
Verses 9,10,11 "But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: (a Promise) for so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ." (Another promise)
We have learned that we have been given EXCEEDING GREAT AND PRECIOUS PROMISES THAT WE MIGHT BE PARTAKERS OF HIS DIVINE NATURE and I know that we all want to be partakers of His divine nature, so tomorrow we will discuss some of those promises. I have already given you two great promises and I thought I would get to some others today but I needed to show you how important it is for us to study those promises that make us partakers of His divine nature, so please bear with me and tomorrow we will get to those promises. Grandma Joan